Because of the injury through absence of the Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta and the well reported problems that the Gunners have had in the centre of midfield, including a slating from the TV pundits about our collapse on Tuesday night, Arsene Wenger knows that this is a key area for today’s Premier League away game against Swansea City.
And with the Welsh club being well known for their hard work and good possession of the ball, I expect the Arsenal boss to try to deal with this by playing both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in the centre. I also think he will play our most defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini in front of the back four in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
The problem is who misses out and I think it is likely to be Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard may be brilliant at keeping the fluency going and has a great eye for a defence breaking through ball, but Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain offer pace, power and a fantastic work rate which could be more important today, at least in the first part of the game.
Both Ramsey and Wilshere have the quality to create and score goals as well as giving us energy and fight. And if it is still all square or if we need an equaliser, then the likes of Cazorla, Walcott and Podolski are the players you want on the bench.